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Family Information for January 7th

Family Information for January 7th

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This week’s topics:
  • Head of School Candidate Visits
  • Meningococcal Vaccination Deadline
  • Our Essential Commitment Fund
  • ECO Meeting
  • Application Deadline February 1
  • DESE Site Visit February 10
  • AH Book Recall
  • Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
  • COVID-19 Safety Checks
  • Health Office COVID-19 Information

Head of School Candidate Visits

Just a reminder our Head of School finalist on-campus interviews/visits started this week and will continue next week.  As a parent/guardian, you are invited to attend either a Zoom meeting or a live meeting (see details below) for each candidate.  You can see this webpage for more information.  Links will be sent the morning of each visit.  If you attend one of these sessions, please complete THIS SURVEY after the meeting so that the Search Committee can gather community feedback and impressions of each candidate as part of the selection process.

  • Meet Lily: Lily’s visit is concluded BUT her in-person session was cancelled by snow. If you did not get to go to the Zoom with Lily but wanted to meet her, please contact Monique (mbeganski@theparkerschool.org) and if there is enough demand, we will do a rescheduled Zoom meeting to replace the snowed-out one.
  • Meet Leif: Mon, Jan 10, 7:30 PM (Zoom) or Tue, Jan 11, 8 AM (Parker Auditorium)
  • Meet Brian: Thurs, Jan 13, 7:30 PM (Zoom) or Fri, Jan 14, 8 AM (Parker Auditorium)
Meningococcal Vaccination Deadline

Reminder we are approaching an enforceable Department of Public Health (DPH) deadline for Division 3 students to have received their second dose of the meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).  Unlike the COVID-19 vaccination, students in Massachusetts public schools are REQUIRED BY LAW, beginning with the 2021 – 2022 school year, to show proof of their second dose of meningococcal vaccination prior to entering 11th grade.  Parker requested and received a sixty (60) day extension on enforcing this requirement, thereby giving families additional time to obtain their second dose of the meningococcal vaccination for their student(s).  Please be informed that Parker will exclude any Division 3 student from in-person learning, beginning on January 14, 2022, if the student has not submitted documentation of their second dose of the meningococcal vaccination or received a religious exemption. Lisa has provided individual written notice to those students and families who are not currently in compliance with this Massachusetts public health requirement.  Additional information about this requirement is available on the DPH website at: new-menacwy-school-req-flyer.doc (live.com).

Our Essential Commitment Fund

Happy New Year!  Did you know that you can support Our Essential Commitment Fund with a monthly gift?  Invest in Parker's teaching and learning throughout the new year by making a recurring monthly gift to Our Essential Commitment Fund.  Recurring giving is an easy, convenient, and sustainable way to show your care and support!  Click here to make a recurring (or one-time) gift to Parker.  Thank you for your support!

ECO Meeting

The next ECO meeting is scheduled virtually on Tuesday, January 11th, from 6:30-7:30 PM. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Click here for the meeting link. Password is in the Weekly Family email.

Application Deadline February 1st

Reminder Parker is currently accepting applications for students entering grades 7 through 9. If you are interested in the Parker School for the 2022-2023 school year, you MUST complete an application and return it to Parker no later than February 1, 2022 (this includes siblings of current students). You may visit the website to complete an application online. It is your responsibility to verify that we are in receipt of your completed application. You are welcome to call our front office prior to February 1, 2022, to make sure it has been received. A completed application will include you in the lottery. Click here to sign-up for one of the remaining Enrollment Information Sessions. The Lottery will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 4 PM.

DESE Site Visit on February 10th

Reminder on February 10, 2022, Parker will host a one-day Core Criteria visit by staff from DESE’s Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign.  You’ll be hearing more about this site visit in the weeks ahead.  Here is an overview of the site visit protocol, in DESE’s words:

“The Charter School Performance Criteria (Criteria) (attached) form the foundation of the site visit process. The Criteria expand upon and give definition to the three areas of charter school accountability: faithfulness to charter, academic performance, and organizational viability. During the site visit, the school is assessed on all or a subset of the performance indicators contained in the Criteria. The scope of this visit will include:

  • Criterion 1: Mission and Key Design Elements
  • Criterion 2: Access and Equity
  • Criterion 3: Compliance (if applicable)
  • Criterion 5: Student Performance
  • Key Indicator 6.2 Instruction
  • Key Indicator 6.4: Supports for All Learners
  • Criterion 9: Governance 
  • Criterion 10: Finance

The product of the site visit will be a written report that will become part of the body of evidence for the school’s renewal.”

Here is a link to the Charter School Performance Criteria that “form the foundation” of the upcoming site visit: Charter School Performance Criteria

AH (Arts & Humanities) Book Recall

All call for AH books from the past two years that might still be living in your homes. Please bring these in and return them to your AH teachers!


Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker

Positive COVID-19 cases in the Parker community are reported to the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) and to the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, which is our local board of health.  The following are positive cases in the Parker community from 1/3/22-1/7/22:

  • Staff – 9
  • Students – 8

If there is a positive case on campus, all close contacts will be contacted immediately by Lisa Zick, School Nurse.

COVID-19 Safety Checks

Participating individuals are tested individually once a week with a nasal swab test.  Each person does a shallow swab of their own nose by rotating three (3) times inside each nostril.  A maximum of 10 swabs are mixed together into a group called a "pool" and sent out to a lab for a molecular PCR test and tested for COVID-19 at one time.

  • If the pool test comes back negative, all staff/students in the pool are COVID-negative.  In this case, you will not hear from us.
  • If the pool test comes back positive, it means that at least one person in the pool is COVID-positive.  In this case, all members of that pool will come back to school as soon as possible for an individual rapid follow-up test with the school nurse.
  • On occasion, a pool will be resulted as inconclusive which may be due to lab error or too much mucous in the tube.  In this case, Nurse Lisa will retest staff/students who were in that "inconclusive" pool.
Pooled Test Results from 1/3/22-1/7/22:
  • # of pools = 40
  • # of NEGATIVE pools = 33
  • # of POSITIVE pools = 5
  • # of INCONCLUSIVE pools = 2
Health Office COVID-19 Information

Reminder to please call or email the school nurse if any family member tests positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Lisa Zick can be reached at 978-772-3293 x135 or lzick@theparkerschool.org.

Reminder that students should not come to school if:

  • the student is sick, even if they don’t have a fever. Reach out to Nurse Lisa with questions
  • the student or a family member living in the same household presents with COVID-19 symptoms
  • a student has been exposed to COVID-19 (close contact outside of the school setting which does not include close contacts at school) and is in quarantine, regardless of a negative test result
  • a family member has been exposed to COVID-19 (close contact) and is unable to isolate from the rest of the family, regardless of a negative test result
  • a family member/student is AWAITING RESULTS of a COVID-19 test

Below is the full list of COVID-19 symptoms to monitor for:

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

An individual experiencing a symptom in bold (above) should get a PCR test and quarantine.  If an individual has other symptoms on this list, getting a PCR test is recommended especially if the individual has a combination of symptoms on the list.  Please stay home while waiting for test results.

Note:  Fully vaccinated individuals are testing positive for COVID-19.  Many are presenting with symptoms, but some are asymptomatic.

Close Contacts - Fully vaccinated and asymptomatic

Based on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Department of Public Health protocols, students who are fully vaccinated and are asymptomatic, do not have to quarantine or test but must continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

Close Contacts - NOT fully vaccinated and asymptomatic - Can do Test & Stay

  • Must be symptom free
  • NOT fully vaccinated
  • Wear masks in school at all times, other than eating or drinking, and should maintain 3 feet of distance from other individuals
  • Take a rapid antigen test (BinaxNow) on each school day for 5 days from last exposure and receive a negative result.  When the 5 days from the date of exposure includes weekends or holidays, individuals should quarantine on weekends, and if they remain asymptomatic, upon return to school be tested immediately.  If the individual remains negative, they can stay in school
  • Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14, and self-isolate at home if symptoms develop
  • Must quarantine outside of school per the Board of Health

Sports Schedule


Upcoming Dates of Note

Tue

JAN 11

Board of Trustees

Tue

JAN 11

ECO Meeting

Mon

JAN 17

MLK Jr. Day – No School

Sat

JAN 22

Practice ACT

Mon

JAN 24

Faculty Planning – No Classes

Click here for the online calendar.


Looking for help with or information concerning:

Please contact:

a specific class or assignment

the teacher of that class (see Parker email list)

technical support

email: helpdesk@theparkerschool.org

your family’s or student’s health

email: lzick@theparkerschool.org

mental health/emotional support needs

email: skelly@theparkerschool.org

food insecurity/free and reduced school lunch needs

email: mmckenna@theparkerschool.org

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